There’s no debate about human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases being the biggest driver behind climate change. Recently, climate change has again made the headlines in the wake of a newly-published UN report on global warming, which some environmental experts have dubbed “our final wake-up call”.
This fresh press has got us thinking… 🤔
The science is clear. Earth surface temperatures are rising, and extreme weather phenomenon are either increasingly likely or already happening. We’re concerned. Here at Lunebase, we’re proud to be fully powered by renewable energy. And while we understand that the actions of the few outweigh those of the many – Oxfam reports that the world’s richest 10% cause double the CO2 emissions of the poorest 50% – we also recognise that every individual has their part to play in helping the planet, and collective action is the only way forward.
But what does the science say are the best steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint?
First, let’s look at the numbers. On average, the UK contributes 12.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide (equivalent) to the atmosphere, per person, per year.
And if we break that down in terms of the impact of daily activities, we can see how individual adjustments can, collectively, make a huge impact (thanks BBC):
Read on for our take-home top tips for reducing your carbon footprint:
- Avoid the car wherever possible, or trade it in for a shiny new Tesla.
- Try to adopt a plant-based diet, or where possible, reduce your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Long-haul flights should be the exception, not the norm. If travelling to the continent, try the Eurostar!
- How well insulated is your loft? Not only will this one benefit your carbon footprint, but we all enjoy shaving a few pounds off the heating bills.
- Speaking of which, how about replacing your gas boiler with an electric heat pump? They’re set to be a key part of the UK government’s plan to make UK homes greener over the next decade.